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Thailand, a Tidal Wave and Faith

Johannes Vall, The Players' Tribune

What's New? Tough Draw for Man City

David Hytner, The Guardian

Best in a Special Year? Tough to Decide

Christine Brennan, USA Today

Man U Needs to Ignite Rooney

Joe Prince-Wright, Pro Soccer Talk

When I started swallowing the seawater and felt it go into my lungs, I experienced a fear that I will never be able to fully describe. I felt it in my bones. The water was pushing ...(full article)

You couldn't really blame Jurgen Klinsmann if he spent some time every night thinking about what could have been, and just how much easier things could be for him right now if the ...(full article)

Manchester City’s unhappy knack of being handed tough Champions Leaguedraws continued on Thursday, when they were placed into a group alongside last season’s runners-up Juvent...(full article)

The end of August usually is one of those in-between times in sports. College and pro football are almost here, but not quite. Summer sports like tennis and golf are wrapping up. B...(full article)

He is their captain, talisman and should be their biggest goal threat. However, Rooney has come under plenty of criticism in the opening three weekends of the new PL season and aft...(full article)

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